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AIM This study describes the demographics and symptoms of patients, who presented to the Emergency Department (ED) in Christchurch, New Zealand, with toxicity from 1-benzylpiperazine (BZP)-based "party pills." BZP use has become widespread among the 16- to 30-year age group in New Zealand. This study explores the relationship between plasma BZP level and(More)
In this article, female prisoners who are peer educators and counselors in an HIV/AIDS program at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York State's only maximum security prison for women, describe the positive role of a peer support program. Using examples from their own experiences, the women discuss the strengths of the AIDS Counseling and Education(More)
Increasing patient numbers, changing demographics and altered patient expectations have all contributed to the current problem with 'overcrowding' in emergency departments (EDs). The problem has reached crisis level in a number of countries, with significant implications for patient safety, quality of care, staff 'burnout' and patient and staff(More)
The concept of cultural safety offers a unique approach to nursing practice, based on recognition of the power differentials inherent in any interaction. It is from within the context of nursing in Aoteaoroa/New Zealand (A/NZ) that the concept developed and was subsequently integrated into nursing education. Cultural safety is based within a framework of(More)
AIM This study describes patterns of human toxicity related to the use of 1-benzylpiperazine (BZP)-based 'herbal party pills'. METHODS From 1 April 2005 to 1 September 2005 all presentations associated with party pill use were captured on a prospective data collection form. RESULTS There were 61 patients who presented on 80 occasions to the Emergency(More)
At 1251 h on Feb 22, 2011, an earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, causing widespread destruction. The only regional acute hospital was compromised but was able to continue to provide care, supported by other hospitals and primary care facilities in the city. 6659 people were injured and 182 died in the initial 24 h. The massive peak ground(More)
In 1993, a survey of randomly-selected family physicians in two regions of Ontario was conducted to assess their views on various aspects of supportive care of patients with cancer. A response rate of 71% was obtained. Results showed that physicians are using preventive and screening techniques in their practices. They are comfortable with most of their(More)
There has been little research to date which focuses on patients' experience of emergency department (ED) care, and transfer to in-patient treatment. This is an essential perspective to identify as it has the potential to impact on future planning and service development. This study was designed to examine the experience of the older patient (aged 80 years(More)
AIMS Emergency Departments (EDs) worldwide are facing a crisis from overcrowding--a common perception exists that inappropriate use of the ED is the major contributing factor. This study aims to examine the concept of 'inappropriate' ED attendances in relation to the Emergency Department at New Zealand's Christchurch Hospital. It specifically seeks to(More)